ƒ The Harris Family: November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving and hello to our (new) niece, Eliora Ruth Singer

Our niece, Eliora, is just adorable and I've really enjoyed my visit with Helene and Adam this past week.  I have learned a tremendous amount about caring for a newborn and breast feeding just by watching and being present during this first week of Eliora's life.  I'm hoping it'll make my first week with Vivienne a little easier, knowing what I can expect and what the challenges may be.

My mom made a 19-pound turkey yesterday, with Kashi & apple stuffing, and a sugar-free apple pie for a belated - but nonetheless special - Thanksgiving dinner.  Helene and Adam will have lots of turkey to eat during the next week (as well as some other dishes my mom made extra of, so they'll have leftovers).  Steve went to my parents house for Thanksgiving and had a good time spending the day with everyone there and eating all the good food they had (especially the sweet potato side dish my mom had made ahead of time).  He also took a road trip with his long-time friend, Alan Bishop, to Tallahassee to watch the Florida-FSU game (so glad the Gators won!) and I am glad he's had some down-time and had fun since he's been working so much leading up to this long holiday weekend.

My mom and I are headed back to Florida tomorrow and while it will be nice to be back home and I have tons of errands and work (CPE coursework) to do when I get back, I'll miss being able spend so much time with family.  I look forward to seeing Helene, Adam and Eliora again in the spring when they come to visit for Vivienne's baptism!  I don't have a date for that yet, but will post it as soon as I can coordinate it with our church.  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! : )

Monday, November 24, 2008

Oh Baby!

I'm off to Chapel Hill, N.C. to see my sister and her husband who have just had a baby girl and I can't wait to meet this new little girl and find out her name! They've kept it a secret and I'm glad the big reveal day is finally here!!  My mom and I are driving up from Florida so we should get there sometime this evening and will be spending Thanksgiving up in N.C. which will be bittersweet because I'll be glad to spend time with my mom and sister, but I'll be away from Steve and the rest of our family for the holiday.

I'm glad that I had the opportunity to visit with Steve's family last weekend and celebrate little Julia's first birthday in Gainesville, FL at Coffrin Nature Park.  Steve and I got to spend some time by ourselves yesterday when we attended the Jaguars / Vikings game  - the Jags lost but the day was so beautiful (classic Florida winter weather) and the company so nice (yes, I adore my husband to the point of ridiculousness!) that it was a perfect day nonetheless.  We went out for a turkey dinner last night at Ted's Montana Grille since we wouldn't be sharing the Thanksgiving holiday together and that topped off the day nicely.  I can't recall the last time that I was away from Steve for as many days as I will be on this trip to N.C. so it feels a little funny to be heading off for 6 days, but - hey, I'll survive, right?? ; )

I'll write again and post pics of my new niece when I get them - maybe next week!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Whoa, life is crazy and the baby is not even here yet!

Well, the consulting gig I was doing has dried up and I don't know that I'll get any more work because I had planned on stopping in mid-December anyway and its hard to sell my services to a client if I'll only be available for a month.  But, if the work comes my way, I'll definitely take it - I'm just in a wait and see mode now.  I'm not too worried about it though, because my life is crazy busy these days even without working!  In fact, it gets a little overwhelming when I start writing it all down, but there is no sense sticking my head in the sand and avoiding the sight of my "to-do" list in all its glory. : )

Steve is continuing to put in a lot of hours at work and tells me he will remain very busy for some time. He's doing well despite the long hours and is thinking ahead to March and is planning with senior management to ensure that when he takes time off from work when Vivienne arrives that it will go smoothly.  I love that he's a planner!!  It's funny the things that make you all warm and fuzzy. Yes, I know, that sounds so unromantic, but I'm a practical kind of gal (but, no that does not mean I'd appreciate a household appliance as a birthday or holiday gift).

We were at the doctor earlier today and saw more ultrasound images of Vivienne - she's doing great by the way.  This was our last visit to the "hisk risk" doctors group (only reason we've had to go is because I'm 35 - which is considered "advanced maternal age") and although I've enjoyed that we've had more ultrasounds by having seen this group, I'm glad we don't have a reason to continue to go.  We're just shy of 23 weeks along and Vivienne weighs 1 lb, 3 oz and is 8 inches long.  It just doesn't seem like my belly is big enough for her to be that size, but I am definitely not complaining about that!

Well, dinner doesn't cook itself so I'm off to the kitchen to see what I can whip up for some vittles!


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